The red and yellow flags will continue to fly high at Peregian Beach this summer after an agreement was reached between Noosa Council, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), Noosa Heads SLSC, and the SLSQ’s Sunshine Coast Branch regarding the long-term future of lifesaving patrols.
Importantly, the decision will ensure the popular tourist spot remains actively patrolled by lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers for years to come.
The agreement will see the Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch take over the tenure of the building, with Noosa Heads SLSC continuing to play an active role providing ongoing volunteer lifesaving services at Peregian.
Noosa Heads SLSC will provide a volunteer patrol service at Peregian on weekends and public holidays for the forthcoming patrol season. Meanwhile, SLSQ’s professional lifeguards will continue their mid-week and winter service, ensuring the popular beach remains patrolled 365 days of the year.
In addition, a dedicated Nippers program will be launched and based at Peregian this season, along with increased opportunities for community volunteers to patrol the beach.
SLSQ Chief Executive Officer John Brennan OAM said it was a great outcome for the Peregian community and local beachgoers alike.
“Our key priority is the safety and wellbeing of beachgoers. Importantly, this outcome will ensure that a high level of beach safety will continue for many years to come,” he said.
“Nippers will also be returning to Peregian this summer, which is a fantastic result and provides a wonderful opportunity for families to get involved and learn vital surf safety skills at the same time.
“If you’ve ever thought about getting involved in lifesaving, it’s the perfect opportunity to give it a go, with the school holidays and summer just around the corner,” he said.
Noosa Council Mayor Tony Wellington said the outcome of the negotiations ensured that the Peregian community could be involved in the future direction of the club. “SLSQ have assured Council that they will be engaging with the local residents.
“Council’s primary concern is for safety on the beach, and this new approach will ensure that quality lifesaving services continue at Peregian including local involvement.
“In the long term, what we all want to see is a local club operated with local input.
“Now that the issue of the building tenure is resolved, Council can proceed with undertaking emerging maintenance work on the building.
“From Council’s point of view, this is a new era for surf lifesaving at Peregian Beach. Council has an excellent working relationship with SLSQ, and we feel confident that the new lease arrangement will see the existing building utilised in ways that genuinely suit the residents of Peregian Beach.”
Volunteer surf lifesavers will return to the beach on Saturday 22 September, when SLSQ’s 2018/19 patrol season officially kicks off.